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August 12, 2013

School board to receive update on Duncan High construction at Monday meeting

DUNCAN —

Duncan voters approved a bond issue for the renovation of the Duncan High School by 68.38 percent in February 2012, and in June of this year, construction began.
The Duncan Board of Education will receive an update on the construction project during Monday’s regular meeting. CMS Willowbrook, the construction company working on the project, will be present to provide the update and answer questions board members may have about the progress made at the high school.
Since the approval of the $19.03 million bond by Duncan voters, Duncan Public Schools has worked with PBK Architect to design what the high school will look like when it is completed. But CMS Willowbrook was hired to make that plan a reality.
A ground-breaking ceremony for the high school renovation took place June 10, in front of the existing high school complex. The majority of the work on campus will take place in the main building, although there will be some new construction outside of the main building, including a new cafeteria.
The art building, the science building, the gym and athletic complex and the auditorium and related classrooms will not be included in the renovation of the high school. The art building is one of the alternatives listed in the high school renovation, but progress on the building would depend on any money left over from the rest of construction.
Aside from an update on the high school, the school board will also discuss possibly accepting five resignations and hiring people for various positions. The board could go into executive session to discuss these items.
The resignations up for approval include Molly O’Kelley, Plato/Irving special education teacher assistant; Frederick Arleth, high school teacher; Rose Garcia, cafeteria truck driver/helper; Mary King, cafeteria cook; and Jonathan Gelnar, high school history teacher.
People who may be hired during the meeting include Charlotte Pyle, bus driver; Delta Head Start employee (1 hour compensation by DPS); Donita Healer and Beverly Rackler, both as Head Start teachers; teacher at Horace Mann; two teachers at Emerson; teacher at Plato; teacher at Woodrow Wilson; special education teacher, Megan Law and Jean Chambers, both as SPED paraprofessionals with sites to be determined; two SPED paraprofessionals; cafeteria server/helper at Plato; cafeteria server/helper at Emerson; cafeteria cook at Woodrow Wilson; cafeteria truck driver/helper at Duncan High School and Edge Academy; special education paraprofessional; teacher at Woodrow Wilson; art teacher at Duncan Middle School; special education teacher; LeeAnn Pollock and Tiffany Wright, as teachers; four special education teachers; music teacher at Mark Twain; teacher’s assistant at Pre-K; teacher at DMS; Jenny Ledford, physical therapy services for $65 per hour (at the same rate as last year; teacher at Horace Mann; John Strickland, half day history teacher at the Duncan High School; and Sandy Ferguson with a contract change from sixth-grade math to secondary instructional coach.

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